Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): In an effort to promote environmental sustainability, the Ministry of Tourism hosted a Solution to Pollution Plastic Repurposing Contest, which began on July 1 and ended on July 20.
Chairperson of the St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, Diannille Taylor-Williams highlighted that “the main aim of the campaign is to bring awareness to the need for us to reduce our dependence on single use plastics” during her interview with SKNIS on July 24.
“This is our third time having the solution to pollution repurposing plastic contest. We had a total of nine entrants or registrants for the competition, but we had over forty pieces,”
“We had three main categories: one was beauty and accessories, the other was for household items and the third one we called it ‘creatively you’ which was mainly for 2D and 3D art pieces,” she said.
“We are repurposing plastics because as you may be aware not all plastics can be recycled and that is something that is important to note,” she added. “We are also mindful as the destination council focuses not only on environmental issues but also on social and economic issues.”
She emphasized that repurposing plastics can also help with people’s livelihood by turning waste into ways of earning an income especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
This is the 10th year globally for the Annual Plastic Free July Campaign with St. Kitts and Nevis celebrating its 4th year.
The winners of the contest will be announced.